Bookmark Managers Programs Vs Web Services

Bookmark Managers Programs Vs Web Services



The rapid development of​ the​ World Wide Web in​ recent years has led to​ an​ explosive growth of​ information on​ the​ Internet .​ Our contemporary lifestyle would be unimaginable without access to​ such a​ super-abundant cornucopia of​ valuable information and web surfing has now become an​ everyday occupation for even the​ most diverse sections of​ society.

This rapid expansion of​ web resources raises some new issues for all of​ us .​
How could you​ possibly remember; after a​ long search,​ the​ address of​ that crucial web page? How will you​ be able to​ return to​ the​ page without repeating a​ tedious web search through hundreds and thousands of​ pages?
The answer is​ obvious,​ you​ need a​ program that will allow you​ to​ easily create and manage a​ database of​ web resources .​

Of course,​ this database must be quick,​ intuitive and convenient to​ use .​
One way to​ resolve this problem is​ to​ use your web browser's bookmarks feature .​
Bookmarks are a​ popular term for the​ lists of​ web page links stored in​ web browsers,​ although they are called 'Favorites' in​ Internet Explorer .​

These web browser bookmark systems have some severe limitations .​
For example,​ each bookmark list will only be compatible with a​ specific web browser .​
If you​ use several different web browsers you​ will have to​ manage the​ bookmark system in​ each one .​
Web browser bookmark lists may become cumbersome to​ use when your bookmark list grows beyond a​ few items .​

Important features missing from web browser bookmark systems include:
- Powerful search functions;
- Synchronization of​ bookmarks between different computers;
- Detection and automatic deletion of​ duplicate bookmarks;
- Checks for availability of​ bookmarked web pages.
Specialist programs and web services that store and organize bookmarks are now available and they offer a​ comprehensive solution to​ these problems .​
They are called bookmark managers or​ bookmark organizers (in this article both terms have the​ same meaning) .​

The difference between online (web-based) bookmark managers and standalone bookmark managers is​ in​ the​ location of​ the​ stored bookmark database and in​ the​ way that the​ database is​ accessed .​
Web services called 'online bookmark managers' store the​ user's bookmarks on​ their remote servers and their bookmarks may be accessed from any browser .​

A​ standalone bookmark organizer is​ simply a​ program which runs on​ your local computer .​
It stores the​ bookmark database on​ a​ hard disk and allows access through its own built-in interface.

Here are some examples of​ web-based bookmark managers:
iKeepBookmarks.com - www.ikeepbookmarks.com
LinkaGoGo - www.linkagogo.com
Murl - murl.com

You can find more links to​ online bookmark managers here:
dmoz.org/Computers/Internet/On_the_Web/Web_Applications/Bookmark_Managers/

Bookmark management software can be found here:
Link Commander - www.resortlabs.com/bookmark-manager/linkcommander.php
Linkman - www.outertech.com/index.php?_charisma_page=product&id=5
Powermarks - www.kaylon.com/power.html

Any software catalog will contain plenty of​ links to​ bookmark managers .​
For example: www.snapfiles.com/shareware/misctools/swurlorg.html

Offline and online bookmark managers each have relative advantages and disadvantages due to​ their differing methods of​ database storage and access.
An online bookmark manager does not depend on​ any particular computer .​
If you​ have an​ Internet connection you​ can access your bookmarks from any computer in​ the​ world .​

You don't need to​ synchronize the​ bookmarks on​ your home/work PC or​ notebook because they will all access the​ same bookmarks database .​
With an​ online bookmark manager you​ can access your bookmarks even when you​ are in​ an​ Internet cafe! Another advantage is​ that most of​ them are free .​

They will cost you​ time,​ though,​ because you​ access your bookmarks via an​ Internet connection .​
More importantly,​ most of​ the​ web interfaces are not as​ convenient as​ software based bookmark managers and don't have so many useful features .​
For example,​ they can't search for and delete duplicate database items .​

Here are some of​ the​ other potential disadvantages of​ using online bookmark managers:
1) you​ risk losing all your bookmarks if,​ for some reason,​ the​ web service closes down.
2) There is​ a​ danger of​ unauthorized access to​ your private bookmarks because your bookmark manager server may not be secure against hackers .​

The advantages and disadvantages of​ offline bookmark managers are almost exactly opposite to​ those of​ online bookmark managers and will be discussed next.
Any offline bookmark manager is​ tied to​ the​ computer on​ which it​ is​ installed .​
It stores your bookmarks in​ a​ database (which usually has its own proprietary format) that is​ located on​ one of​ the​ hard drives .​

To use your bookmarks on​ several computers you​ will need to​ install the​ program on​ each computer and find a​ way to​ synchronize the​ bookmark databases .​
Most of​ the​ currently available bookmark organizers do have a​ database synchronization feature .​

Also,​ there are now devices with high data transfer speeds (e.g .​
flash drives) that can store an​ independent bookmark database and allow it​ to​ be shared between several computers.
Another disadvantage of​ bookmark manager software is​ the​ price .​
There are some free programs out there,​ but they don't have a​ great number of​ features and technical support is​ often weak or​ unavailable .​

The programs that require payment are inexpensive,​ though,​ usually costing from $20 to​ $40 .​
The user licenses of​ such programs will normally allow you​ to​ install the​ programs on​ all of​ your computers.
In my opinion,​ the​ disadvantages of​ standalone bookmark managers are minimal compared to​ their advantages .​

The location of​ both the​ program and database on​ the​ same computer guarantees you​ fast access to​ your bookmarks and high security from hacker attacks .​

The convenience of​ the​ program interface and the​ number of​ useful features are limited only by the​ power of​ the​ computer and the​ skills of​ developers.
So,​ how should you​ organize your bookmarks? Should you​ use an​ online or​ offline bookmark manager? I​ don't think there is​ a​ definite answer .​

It all depends on​ your preferences and working habits .​

If mobility is​ your priority,​ if​ you​ travel often and wish to​ access your bookmarks no matter where you​ are and from any computer,​ then you​ should consider an​ online bookmark manager .​

If speed,​ ease of​ use,​ security and functionality is​ most important to​ you​ then an​ offline bookmark manager might be a​ better choice.




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